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Valorant's New Agent Is a Filipino from Manila

Neon can outpace the rest of the roster, shocking the competition, and sliding straight into the fight.
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Valorant, a popular first-person shooter developed by Riot Games, has officially unveiled Neon, the Filipino Valorant Agent. The new character hails from Manila, speaks Tagalog, and is described as one of the youngest agents “who can outpace the rest of the roster, shocking the competition, and sliding straight into the fight."

Neon is voiced by Filipino voice actor Vanille Velasquez.

But it's not just Neon Filipinos are celebrating at Valorant. Ylona Garcia has also partnered with Riot Games. 

Ylona Garcia Teams up with Riot Games' Valorant 

Hot on the heels of her sensational performance at the Head in the Clouds festival, Australia-born, Filipino singer-songwriter Ylona Garcia opens 2022 with her new single, “Entertain Me” via Paradise Rising/88rising Music.

Produced by DNA and written by Ylona herself together with David Musumeci and Antonio Egizii, “Entertain Me” is an anthemic synth-pop number about female empowerment. Characterized by a soaring backbeat and an infectious chorus, the song finds Ylona asserting her independence and dispelling the notion that she can be fooled and controlled by anyone. 

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Her partnership with Valorant coincides with the launch of the playable Filipino character Neon, who compliments the empowered persona Ylona exudes in “Entertain Me.” The single’s release and official lyric video premiered with Valorant’s trailer launch with sync on January 5, with a music video coming soon. 

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